THE CWA ELLIS PETERS HISTORICAL DAGGER AWARD SHORTLIST
The Crime Writers' Association has announced the shortlist for the
Ellis Peters Historical Dagger:
THE 2008 ANTHONY AWARD NOMINEES
The 2008 Anthony Award Committee, led by John Purcell is pleased to
present this year’s nominations for works published and done
in the year 2007. The Bouchercon Membership of both 2007 and 2008 have
determined this year’s nominees. All awards will be voted on
and presented at Bouchercon 2008- Charmed to Death. Congratulations to
the nominees and thank you to our membership.
The 2008 Anthony Award Nominees
James Lee Burke-Tin Roof Blowdown- Simon and Schuster
Lee Child – Bad Luck and Trouble Delacorte Press
Robert Crais- The Watchman Simon and Schuster
William Kent Krueger-Thunder Bay Atria
Laura Lippman – What the Dead Know William Morrow
Best First Novel:
Sean Chercover- Big City, Bad Blood William Morrow
Tana French- In the Woods Viking Adult
Lisa Lutz-The Spellman Files Simon and Schuster
Craig MacDonald- Head Games Bleak House Books
Marcus Sakey- The Blade Itself St. Martin Minotaur
Best Paperback Original
Megan Abbott- Queenpin Simon and Schuster
Ken Bruen and Jason Starr – Slide Hard Case Crime
David Corbett- Blood of Paradise Ballantine Books
Robert Fate- Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues Capital Crime Press
P.J. Parrish- A Thousand Bones Pocket
Rhys Bowen- Please Watch Your Step- (The Strand Magazine-Spring 07)
Steve Hockensmith-Dear Dr. Watson- (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Toni L. P. Kelner - How Stella Got her Grave Back - (Many Bloody Returns edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner) for Ace Hardcover
Laura Lippman- Hardly Knew Her - (Dead Man’s Hand edited by Otto Penzler) for Harcourt
Daniel Woodrell -Uncle – (A Hell of A Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir edited by Megan Abbott) for Busted Flush Press
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower & Charles Foley Penguin
The Essential Mystery Lists Compiled by Roger Sobin Poisoned Pen Press
The Triumph of the Thriller: How Cops, Crooks and Cannibals Captured Popular Fiction – Patrick Anderson Random House
Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction- Christiana Gregoriou Palgrave MacMillan
Jon and Ruth Jordan- Crime Spree Magazine
Ali Karim- Shotz Magazine
Maddy Van Hertbruggen- 4MA
Sarah Weinman- Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind
Judy Bobalik- for being one of the best friends and supporters of mystery writers anywhere
Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind- Sarah Weinman
Rap sheet/January Magazine –J Kingston Pierce
Murderati – A Writer’s Blog
Stop You’re Killing Me- Stan Ulrich & Lucinda Surber
Mystery Readers International (Mystery Readers Journal) announces the Macavity Award nominations for works published in 2007. The awards will be presented during opening ceremonies at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention (Baltimore, October 2008).
Best Mystery Novel
Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie
Best First Mystery
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (William Morrow)
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)
Stealing the Dragon by Tim Maleeny ( Ink)
The Collaborator of
Best Mystery Short Story
"A Rat's Tale" by Donna Andrews (EQMM, Sep-Oct 2007)
"Please Watch Your Step" by Rhys Bowen (The
Best Mystery Non-Fiction
Rough Guide to Crime Fiction by Barry Forshaw (Penguin Rough Guides)
Chester Gould: A Daughter's Biography of the
Creator of Dick Tracy
by Jean Gould O'Connell (McFarland & Company)
The Essential Mystery Lists: For Readers, Collectors, and Librarians, compiled and edited by Roger Sobin (Poisoned Pen Press)
Sue Feder Memorial
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (Putnam)
The Snake Stone by Jason Goodwin (Faber & Faber*/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Consequences of Sin by Clare Langley-Hawthorne
WINNER OF ST. MARTIN'S MINOTAUR/MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA
--Award to be Presented at Edgar® Awards Banquet in New York City--
NEW YORK, NY 4/29/08 – St. Martin’s Minotaur and the Mystery Writers of America will introduce the winner of their First Crime Novel Competition at the 62nd annual Edgar® Awards Banquet on May 1st in New York City. The announcement was made this week by Andrew Martin, St. Martin’s Minotaur Publisher, and Harry Hunsicker, MWA Executive Vice President.
The competition winner is Stefanie Pintoff, an attorney who has completed extensive academic research in detective fiction and the history of criminology. Her winning novel, tentatively titled In the Shadow of Gotham, is set in turn-of-the-century New York City and will be published in 2009. The novel tells the story of a detective who teams up with one of the criminal profiler of the time; it makes full use of Pintoff’s knowledge of theories of crime over one hundred years ago.
Mr. Martin officially announced the start of the competition at the Edgar® Awards Banquet last year. The contest provides a previously unpublished writer an opportunity to launch his or her career with the St. Martin’s Minotaur imprint. The winner will receive a one-book, $10,000 contract.
St. Martin’s Minotaur and the Mystery Writers of America selected Pintoff’s manuscript after reviewing over 700 entries. Minotaur is currently accepting submissions for next year’s award. For more information, visit www.minotaurbooks.com/competitions.html.
The Edgar® Awards, or "Edgars," as they are commonly known, are named after Edgar Allan Poe and are awarded to authors of distinguished work in more than a dozen categories. The Edgar® Awards Banquet will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, with Today show host Al Roker as the Master of Ceremonies.
About Mystery Writers of America:
Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre. MWA is a nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. www.mysterywriters.org.
About St. Martin’s Minotaur:
St. Martin’s Minotaur is an imprint of St. Martin’s Press that launched in 1999, publishing 130 hardcover crime fiction titles annually. St. Martin’s Minotaur grew out of a fifty-year tradition of publishing quality crime fiction at St. Martin’s Press, and has published several award-winning and best-selling titles. http://us.macmillan.com/Minotaur.aspx
St. Martin’s Press is part of Macmillan, the U. S. publishing group owned by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GMBH of Stuttgart, Germany
Gumshoe Awards 2008
The 7th Annual Gumshoe Awards are given by Mystery Ink
to recognize the best
achievements in crime fiction. This year's nominees were chosen from
first published in the
Winner Best Mystery - James Lee Burke - (Simon & Schuster) The Tin Roof Blowdown
Connolly - The Unquiet
Winner Best Thriller - Robert Crais - The Watchman (Simon & Schuster)
Finder - Power
Play (St. Martin's Press)
Best First Novel - Sean Chercover - Big City, Bad Blood (William Morrow)
- Stigma (Harper)
Lifetime Achievement – Donald Westlake
Donald E. Westlake
E. Westlake is one of the
most prolific authors in the crime genre, having written books of
conceivable type, ranging from comic capers to thrillers to noir. He's
private eye novels, cop novels, historical novels, even erotic novels.
impressively, most of them are pretty damn good, and some of them are
For maintaining a tradition of writing excellence for nearly 50 years,
Best Crime Fiction Website:
Detective Web Site
Edited by Kevin Burton Smith, The Thrilling Detective Web Site has been a comprehensive resource on private eye fiction, and the crime genre more generally, for over a decade. A one-stop destination with a wealth of information, The Thrilling Detective includes author and book guides, reviews, news, information on film and TV, original fiction and more. It is an essential guide for fans of PI novels or anyone looking to learn more about detective fiction.
Agatha Awards 2008
mysteries fan organization Malice
Domestic has announced the
winners of its 2008 Agatha Awards as follows: Winners were announced on
Saturday 26 April 2008 during an awards banquet at the Malice Domestic
Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny (
Penguin Who Knew Too Much, by Donna Andrews (
Her Royal Spyness, by Rhys Bowen (Penguin);
Hard Row, by Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing);
Murder With Reservations, by Elaine Viets (NAL)
First Novel: Prime
Time, by Hank Phillipi Ryan (Harlequin)
Beautiful Blue Death, by Charles Finch (
A Real Basket Case, by Beth Groundwater (Five Star);
Silent in the Grave, by Deanna Raybourn (Mira)
Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters, by Charles Foley, Jon
Daniel Stashower (Penguin)
The Official Nancy Drew Handbook, by Penny Warner (Quirck Productions)
“A Rat’s Tale,” by Donna Andrews (Ellery
Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM],
Watch Your Step,” by Rhys Bowen (The
“Casino Gamble,” by Nan Higginson (Murder New York Style, edited by Randy Kendel; L&L Dreamspell);
Round to the Post,” by Peter Lovesey (EQMM,
November 2007); “Death Will
Clean Your Closet,” by Elizabeth Zelvin (Murder New
Bravo Zulu, Samantha!, by Kathleen Benner Duble (Peachtree Publishers);
Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl, by John Feinstein (Knopf); The
Knot, by Mary
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, by R.L. LaFevers (Houghton Mifflin)
Lifetime Achievement Award
British novelist Peter Lovesey
The Poirot Awards (honoring “individuals other than writers who have made outstanding contributions to the Malice Domestic genre”)Linda Landrigan, the editor of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and Janet Hutchings, editor of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
Edgar Awards 2008 (Nominees)
Best Novel Nominees
Christine Falls by Benjamin Black (Henry Holt and Company)
Priest by Ken Bruen
Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman (Bleak House Books)
Down River by John
Best First Novel by an American Author
Missing Witness by Gordon Campbell (HarperCollins - William Morrow)
In the Woods by Tana French (Penguin Group - Viking)
Snitch Jacket by Christopher Goffard (The Rookery Press)
Head Games by Craig McDonald (Bleak House Books)
Pyres by Derek
Best Paperback Original
Queenpin by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)
Cruel Poetry by Vicki Hendricks (Serpent's Tail)
Robbie's Wife by Russell Hill (Hard Case Crime)
Who is Conrad Hirst? by Kevin Wignall (Simon & Schuster)
The Triumph of the Thriller: How Cops, Crooks and Cannibals Captured Popular Fiction by Patrick Anderson (Random House)
A Counter-History of Crime Fiction: Supernatural, Gothic, Sensational by Maurizio Ascari (Palgrave Macmillan)
Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction by Christiana Gregoriou (Palgrave Macmillan)
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley (The Penguin Press)
Best Fact Fiction
Birthday Party by
Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi (W.W. Norton and Company
Chasing Justice: My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn't Commit by Kerry Max Cook (HarperCollins - William Morrow)
Relentless Pursuit: A True Story of Family, Murder, and the Prosecutor Who Wouldn't Quit by Kevin Flynn (Penguin Group - G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Sacco & Vanzetti: The Men, The Murders and the Judgment of Mankind by Bruce Watson (Penguin Group – Viking)
Best Short Story
"The Catch" - Still Waters by Mark Ammons (Level Best Books)
"Hardly Knew Her" - Dead Man's Hand by Laura Lippman (Harcourt Trade Publishers)
"Uncle" - A Hell of a Woman by Daniel Woodrell (Busted Flush Press)
Best Young Adult
Rat Life by Tedd Arnold (Penguin - Dial Books for Young Readers)
Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline B. Cooney (Random House Children's Books - Delacorte Press)
Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Blood Brothers by
Fragments by Jeffry W. Johnston (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Simon Pulse)
The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Shadows on Society Hill by Evelyn Coleman (American Girl Publications)
Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn (Clarion Books)
The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh (Hyperion Books for Young Readers)
Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things by Wendelin Van Draanen (Random House Children's Books - Alfred A. Knopf)
If/Then by David Foley (International Mystery Writers' Festival)
Panic by Joseph Goodrich (International Mystery Writers' Festival)
Books by Stuart M. Kaminsky (International Mystery Writers' Festival)
"It's Alive" - Dexter, Teleplay by Daniel Cerone (Showtime)
"Yahrzeit" - Waking the Dead, Teleplay by Declan Croghan & Barbara Machin (BBC America)
"Pie-Lette" - Pushing Daisies, Teleplay by Bryan Fuller (ABC/Warner Bros Television
"Senseless" - Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Teleplay by Julie Martin & Siobhan Byrne O'Connor (Wolf Films/NBC Universal)
Teleplay by Matt Nix (
Best Motion Picture Screen Play
Eastern Promises, Screenplay by Steven Knight (Focus Features)
The Lookout, Screenplay by Scott Frank (Miramax)
Michael Clayton, Screenplay by Tony Gilroy (Warner Bros. Pictures)
No Country for Old Men, Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, based on the book by Cormac McCarthy (Miramax)
Zodiac, Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book by Robert Graysmith (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
"The Catch" - Still Waters by Mark Ammons (Level Best Books)
The Simon & Schuster -
Mary Higgins Clark Award
In Cold Pursuit by
Sarah Andrews (
Wild Indigo by Sandi
Ault (Penguin Group -
Inferno by Karen Harper (Harlequin - MIRA Books)
The First Stone by
Judith Kelman (Penguin Group -
Deadman's Switch by
Barbara Seranella (
Grand Master - Bill Pronzini
Center for the Book in the Library of Congress
Kate's Mystery Books (Kate Mattes, owner)
The 62nd Annual Edgar® Awards banquet will be held on Thursday May 1, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City where the winners will be announced.
Left Coast Crime – Denver 2008 (Nominees)
The award for the mystery independent booksellers most enjoyed selling has announced its nominees:
Spyness by Rhys Bowen (
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (S&S)
Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (Mira)
The Blade Itself
by Marcus Sakey (
The Lefty (for the most humorous mystery published in 2007)
The Penguin Who
Knew Too Much, by Donna Andrews (
Stuff to Die For, by Don Bruns (Oceanview Publishing)
Some Like It
Hot-Buttered, by Jeff Cohen (
Knee High by the Fourth of July, by Jess Lourey ( Ink)
Murder with Reservations, by Elaine Viets (NAL)
(for best mystery set in the
Free Fire, by C.J. Box (Putnam)
Lost Dog, by Bill Cameron ( Ink)
The Girl with
Braided Hair, by Margaret Coel (
Stealing the Dragon, by Tim Maleeny ( Ink)
False Fortune, by Twist Phelan (Poisoned Pen Press)
The Arty (For Best Cover Art On A Mystery Novel Published In 2007)
Queenpin, By Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)
Isabella Moon, by Laura Benedict (Ballantine)
Spyness, by Rhys Bowen (
Silent Counsel, by Ken Issacson (Windermere Press)
Stealing the Dragon, by Tim Maleeny ( Ink)
will be announced at
2007 Quill Awards
This year’s picks were published between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007, with the winners in 19 categories to be selected by a popular votes of a voting board comprised of over 6,000 invited booksellers and librarians.
The awards will be presented on Oct. 22 during a gala ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Nominations for the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller award
The Collaborator of
by Matt Beynon Rees
What the Dead Know
by Laura Lippman
Body of Lies
by David Ignatius
by Michael Connelly
A Welcome Grave
by Michael Koryta
Ned Kelly Awards 2007
The Crime Writers' Association of Australia (CWAA) in conjunction with The Age and The Age Melbourne Writers Festival will announce the winners of the 2007 Ned Kelly Awards during the upcoming Melbourne Writers Festival.
Best Crime Fiction
Best First Crime Novel
Best True Crime
Overboard The Stories Cruise Ships Don’t Want Told Topham, Gwyn
Killing for Pleasure The Definitive Story of the Snowtown Murders
MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA EDGAR AWARDS 2007
The Wire, Season 4, Teleplays by Ed
Burns, Kia Corthron, Dennis Lehane, David Mills, Eric Overmyer, George Pelecanos,
Richard Price, David Simon & William F. Zorzi (Home Box Office)
GUMSHOE AWARDS 2007
Mystery Ink announces its Gumshoe Award winners for 2007:
Best Mystery: Julia Spencer-Fleming - All Mortal Flesh
Congratulations to all the winners.
ARTHUR ELLIS SHORTLIST 2007
The Crime Writers of Canada has selected its shortlists of nominees for the 2007 Arthur Ellis Awards:
Best First Novel
Best Short Story
Best Unpublished First Crime Novel (the Unhanged Arthur)
Winner will be announced on June 7, 2007, at Mysteriously Yours ... Dinner Theatre in Toronto during the 24th annual Arthur Ellis Awards dinner. Congratulations to all the nominees.
CWA ELLIS PETERS HISTORICAL CRIME AWARD 2006
THE CRIME WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION ELLIS PETERS HISTORICAL CRIME AWARD 2006
John Ray Horn has little use for politics, but as a former B-movie cowboy star who fell into prison and disgrace, he knows a few things about outsiders. He agrees to help Owen Bruder, a brilliantly talented but notoriously difficult screenwriter accused of having belonged to the Communist Party. If Horn can discover Bruder's secret accuser, they might have a chance to clear his name. But no one is willing to talk. People are scared, in a Hollywood run by fear and suspicion, where a whisper is all it takes to smear an innocent man.
As Horn's search leads him to powerful figures in Hollywood, his investigation takes a sudden and deadly turn. And he finds that more people will die before all the secrets are laid bare.
The CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award judging panel consisted of:
Janet Laurence (Chair): Author of two crime series, one set in the eighteenth century featuring the Italian painter, Canaletto; honours degree in history.
Sir Bernard Ingham: former Chief Press Secretary to Margaret Thatcher, and author of numerous books covering both his time in politics and his beloved Yorkshire.
Maureen Lyle: Journalist and regular reviewer of crime fiction, also playwright on literary, historical and musical subjects.
Jessica Mann: Author of twenty crime novels, journalist and reviewer, whose latest book was a non-fiction account of the overseas evacuation of children during the Second World War.
Colin Murray: Long career in publishing, now works as a freelance editor, specialising in crime, science fiction and fantasy.
The 2006 Macavity Award Winners
The 2006 Macavity Award Winners (Mystery Readers International) presented by Janet Rudolph on September 28th, 2006 at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention.
THE LINCOLN LAWYER by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
BEST FIRST NOVEL
IMMORAL by Brian Freeman (St. Martin's Minotaur)
GIRL SLEUTH: NANCY DREW AND THE WOMEN WHO CREATED HER by Melanie Rehak (Harcourt)
BEST SHORT STORY
"There Is No Crime on Easter Island" by Nancy Pickard (EQMM, Sept-Oct 2005)
SUE FEDER HISTORICAL MYSTERY AWARD
PARDONABLE LIES by Jacqueline Winspear (Henry Holt)
Bouchercon Awards 2006
The Shamus Award winners presented by the Private Eye Writers Association:
THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION DUNCAN LAWRIE DAGGER AWARDS 2006
The Crime Writers’ Association are delighted to announced the winners of this year’s Daggers - the prestigious awards that celebrate the very best in crime and thriller writing in 2006.
This year is particularly exciting with the birth of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger - formerly the CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction - with a prize of £20,000. This is now the largest award for crime fiction in the world. Duncan Lawrie Private Bank are also sponsoring the newly-formed Duncan Lawrie International Dagger for the best crime novel translated into English, with £5000 going to the author and £1000, sponsored by the CWA, to the translator.
The CWA and Duncan Lawrie Dagger awards were presented at a black tie dinner at the Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych, London on Thursday, June 29 2006. Guest of honour was James Naughtie.
For the third year, the CWA has continued its partnership with the National Library for the Blind to promote their activities and help to raise funds. Once again, the Foyle Foundation has provided finance which will enable all the winning books in the Dagger Awards to be converted into Braille. As was proved by this year’s Public Lending Right figures, crime writing is now the most popular fiction genre in the UK, and the CWA is particularly pleased to be a part of bringing it to a wider audience in this manner.
CWA DEBUT DAGGER
For unpublished novels by unpublished authors. Dagger and cheque for £500 prize money, sponsored by Orion, presented by Lisa Milton, Managing Director of Orion, to D V Wesselmann (aka Otis Twelve) (USA) for ‘Imp’.
NOTE: This is the fourth consecutive year that DV Wesselmann (aka Otis Twelve) has been shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger award.
D V Wesselmann (aka Otis Twelve) (USA) - IMP
Judges’ comments: ‘A very distinctive and ambitious entry. There’s a lot to like here - an excellent gothic setting and atmosphere - and an interesting balance between whimsy and horror.’
Synopsis: The secrets of the last, missing week of Edgar Allan Poe are revealed by the lost journals of his rival, his friend, his literary executor, his failed assassin, Rufus Wilmot Griswold. ‘Imp’ is a Gothic-Noir laudanum and absinthe-soaked quest through the perversions, violence, and horror of pre-Civil War Baltimore that inverts a literary legend and celebrates the human compulsion to do wrong.
Author biog: 2006 and the nomination of ‘Imp’ marks the fourth consecutive year that Otis Twelve has been shortlisted for the CWA’s Debut Dagger Award. The first three books in his “Tools” series ‘On the Albino Farm’, ‘Sometimes a Prozac Notion’, and ‘Dead Man Dancing’ were finalists in 2003, 2004, and 2005. His short fiction has appeared in The North American Review, Crimespree Magazine, Flashing in the Gutters, The Templeton Prize Anthology (Cosimo 2005), Best New Noir of 2006 (Point Blank 2006), and F**k Noir (Forthcoming). Otis Twelve lives unobtrusively in a tiny hamlet called Walnut, Iowa.
Celina Alcock (UK) - THE HOUSE ON FEVER STREET
Paul Curd (UK) - THE BELFAST BOY
Diane Janes (UK) - MOONSHADOW
Sarah Kotler (USA) - SPECIAL DELIVERY
Iain Rowan (UK) - ONE OF US
Elizabeth Saccente (UK) - IKUMO
Michael Sears (South Africa) and Stanley Trollip (USA) - A CARRION DEATH
Richard A. Thompson (USA) - FIDDLE GAME
Megan Toogood (UK) - A RANDOM ACT OF GENEROSITY
CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY
Nominated and judged by librarians and awarded to an author for a body of work, rather than a single title. Dagger and cheque for £1500 prize money, sponsored by the Random House Group, presented by Ben Wright, UK Sales Director for Random House, to Jim Kelly. Highly Commended in this category was Lesley Horton.
NOTE: Jim Kelly was also shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library award in 2004.
Author biog: Jim Kelly is a journalist. He lives in Ely with the biographer Midge Gilles and their young daughter. ‘The Water Clock’, his first novel, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel of 2002. And his second, ‘The Fire Baby’, was chosen by Booklist magazine as one of the top ten crime novels of 2004. Summer 2006 sees the paperback publication of his third novel, ‘The Moon Tunnel’, and the hardback publication of his latest book ‘The Coldest Blood’. All feature the journalist Philip Dryden.
Author biog: After a career in teaching Lesley Horton began writing her first crime novel in 1996. The break came at the Winchester Conference when an agent read the first page of the manuscript, took the rest home and by the following Wednesday had agreed to represent her. That novel, ‘Snares of Guilt’, was published by Orion in 2002. It was followed in 2003 by ‘On Dangerous Ground’. The third, ‘Devils in the Mirror’, came out in 2005 and her fourth, ‘The Hollow Core’, is due out in December this year.
Danuta Reah (Carla Banks)
THE CWA NEW BLOOD DAGGER
Formerly the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger. For first books by previously unpublished writers. Dagger and cheque for £1000 prize money, sponsored by BBC Audio Books, presented by Sara Keane, Editorial Manager from BBC Audiobooks, to Louise Penny for ‘Still Life’, published by Headline.
NOTE: Louise Penny was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger for ‘Still Life’ in 2004.
Louise Penny - STILL LIFE - Headline
Judges’ comments: ‘An old-fashioned mystery featuring well-rounded appealing characters and a gentle pace with unexpected savagery.’
Synopsis: As the early morning mist clears on Thanksgiving Sunday, the homes of Three Pines come to life – all except one . . . To locals, the village is a safe haven. So they are bewildered when a well-loved member of the community is found dead in the maple woods. Surely it was an accident – a hunter’s arrow gone astray. Who could want Jane Neal dead? In a long and distinguished career with the Sûreté du Quebec, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has learned to look for snakes in Eden. Gamache knows something dark is lurking behind the white picket fences, and if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will begin to give up its secrets . . .
Author biog: Louise Penny was born and raised in Toronto and was an award-winning radio journalist, hosting hard news and current affairs broadcasts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She now lives south of Montreal with her husband Michael and three smelly dogs. ‘Still Life’, her first novel, has been shortlisted for the 2004 CWA Debut Dagger, the 2006 CWC Arthur Ellis in Canada and now the CWA New Blood Dagger. It will be published by St. Martin’s Minotaur in the US this July. Headline is publishing her second novel, ‘Dead Cold’, this October.
Brian Freeman - IMMORAL - Headline
Kitty Sewell - ICE TRAP - Honno Welsh Women’s Press
THE CWA GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION
Dagger and cheques totalling £2000 prize money, presented by Robert Richardson, on behalf of the CWA, to Linda Rhodes, Lee Sheldon and Kathryn Abnett for ‘The Dagenham Murder’, published by the Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
NOTE: The night of the Awards presentation is exactly the 160th anniversary of the murder of PC George Clarke.
Linda Rhodes, Lee Sheldon and
Kathryn Abnett - THE DAGENHAM MURDER - the Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Synopsis: In June 1846 twenty year-old Dagenham police constable George
Clarke was brutally murdered while on night duty. This lavishly illustrated
book is the first full-length study of a killing that shocked the nation but was to remain unsolved. The authors were all born and bred in the area, and have used original sources to uncover many new facts and insights into this fascinating case.
The action of the story ranges from rural Essex to London’s prisons and convict hulks; from the wilds of British Columbia to the Australian goldfields. Along the way we meet a cross-section of the Victorian community, from the monarch herself down to the wretched victims of the “Hungry Forties”.
Author biogs: Linda Rhodes was baptized at Dagenham parish church, and brought up in Eastbrook Drive, just a stone’s throw from the scene of George Clark’s murder. In 2002 she gave a series of talks on the case, which eventually led to the writing of this book. Linda is currently Local Studies librarian for Barking & Dagenham.
Lee Shelden also lived near Clark’s beat as a child. He has long been regarded as the authority on the George Clark case, and is acknowledged as such in the Official encyclopedia of Scotland Yard. Lee was also the driving force behind the events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the murder in 1996.
Kathryn Abnett is the daughter of a police officer. Her family have lived in Dagenham for over 200 years. She has contributed to several publications on the history of Barking & Dagenham.
Sebastian Junger - A DEATH IN BELMONT - Fourth Estate
Nuala O’Faolain - THE STORY OF CHICAGO MAY - Michael Joseph
Sister Helen Prejean - THE DEATH OF INNOCENTS - Canterbury Press
William Queen - UNDER AND ALONE - Mainstream
Sue Williams - AND THEN THE DARKNESS - John Blake
THE CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER
Dagger and cheque for £2000 prize money, sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, presented by Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications, to Nick Stone for ‘Mr Clarinet’, published by Penguin.
Nick Stone - MR CLARINET - Penguin
Judges’ comments: ‘A tour de force with brilliantly described scenes, this is taut, compelling and well-plotted, with emotional commitment, freshness and originality.’
Synopsis: Pied Piper. Soul stealer. Serial Killer. Who is Mr Clarinet? It was a job Miami private investigator Max Mingus found hard to refuse: $10 million to locate billionaire's son Charlie Carver - missing now for over three years. Young Charlie disappeared on the island of Haiti, where over the decades scores of children have vanished. In a country dominated by voodoo, rumours abound of black magic and a mythical figure called 'Mr Clarinet', who for years has been tempting children away from their families. But could the truth be even more shocking than the legend? To find out, Max will have to succeed where previous detectives have not only failed - but where some have died. And suddenly, this job isn't all about finding Charlie or his killers for the money - it's just about staying alive . . .
Author biog: Nick Stone was born in Cambridge in 1966. His father is the historian Norman Stone, and his mother descends from one of Haiti’s oldest families, the Aubrys – some of his later relatives actually worked for Francois ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier, Haiti’s most notorious dictator. Nick spent his early years in Haiti, before returning to England in 1971 to finish his schooling. As a teenager, he took up boxing and fought in the National Amateur League, but gave it up when he won a place to read history at Cambridge. It was during a year spent in Haiti in the mid-nineties that the plot for ‘Mr Clarinet’ first began to take shape. He is married and lives in London.
Michael Connelly - THE LINCOLN LAWYER - Orion
Jo-Ann Goodwin - SWEET GUM - Bantam Press (Transworld)
Mo Hayder - PIG ISLAND - Bantam Press (Transworld)
Daniel Silva - THE ENGLISH ASSASSIN - Penguin
Martyn Waites - THE MERCY SEAT - Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster)
David Wolstencroft - CONTACT ZERO - Hodder & Stoughton
DUNCAN LAWRIE INTERNATIONAL DAGGER
For crime, thriller, suspense novels or spy fiction which have been translated into English from their original language, for UK publication. Dagger and cheques for £5000 prize money for the author, sponsored by Duncan Lawrie Private Bank, and £1000 for the translator, from the CWA, presented by Peter Ostacchini, Deputy Managing Director, Duncan Lawrie Bank, to Fred Vargas for ‘The Three Evangelists’, translated by Sîan Reynolds and published by Harvill.
The judges remarked that despite the relatively restricted number of entries, their quality was consistently high.
Fred Vargas - THE THREE EVANGELISTS - Harvill
translated by Sîan Reynolds
Judges’ comments: ‘A splendid example of French originality, with terrific narrative drive and a very good mystery, too.’
Synopsis: Sophia Siméonidis, a Greek opera singer, wakes up one morning to discover that a tree has appeared overnight in the garden of her Paris house. Unnerved, she turns to her neighbours: Vandoosler, an ex-cop, and three historians, Mathias, Marc and Lucien. They dig around the tree but find nothing. A few weeks later, Sophia disappears and nobody worries until her body is found burned to ashes.
Author biog: Fred Vargas, a historian and archaeologist by profession, she is now a bestselling novelist. Her books have been translated into thirty-two languages.
Translator biog: Sîan Reynolds, is Professor (emerita) of French at the University of Stirling. She has translated history, social science, and fiction.
Andrea Camilleri - EXCURSION TO TINDARI - Picador
translated by Stephen Sartarelli
Yasmina Khadra - AUTUMN OF THE PHANTOMS - Toby Crime
translated by Aubrey Botsford
Dominique Manotti - DEAD HORSEMEAT - Arcadia Books
translated by Amanda Hopkinson & Ros Schwartz
Håkan Nesser - BORKMANN’S POINT - Macmillan
translated by Laurie Thompson
Rafael Reig - BLOOD ON THE SADDLE - Serpent's Tail
translated by Paul Hammond
DUNCAN LAWRIE DAGGER
Formerly the CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction. Dagger and cheque for £20,000 prize money, sponsored by Duncan Lawrie Private Bank, presented by Peter Ostacchini, Deputy Managing Director of Duncan Lawrie Bank, to Ann Cleeves, for ‘Raven Black’, published by Macmillan. Highly recommended in this category was Simon Beckett for ‘The Chemistry of Death’, published by Bantam.
Ann Cleeves - RAVEN BLACK - Macmillan
Judges’ comments: ‘Superb sense of place. A depiction of an enclosed community with modern and entrenched values constantly competing. A thrilling read.’
Synopsis: It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies buried beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a vivid splash of colour on the white ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbour Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when police insist on opening out the investigation a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community.
Author biog: Ann Cleeves met her husband on Fair Isle, one of the islands in Shetland, where ‘Raven Black’ is set. She started writing on Hilbre, a tidal island in the Dee Estuary. Her books are often set in isolated places. She has worked as a cook, probation officer and auxiliary coastguard. Now she's Reader Development Officer for Kirklees Libraries, associate trainer for Opening the Book and reader in residence for the Harrogate Festival. ‘Raven Black’ is the first in a quartet of Shetland novels.
Simon Beckett - THE CHEMISTRY OF DEATH - Bantam
Judges’ comments: ‘Great return to crime fiction with a new hero we hope to meet again. Eye-watering suspense. ‘CSI’ meets ‘The Archers’’
Synopsis: When the bizarrely mutilated and long-dead body of a young woman is found in a ditch in Manham, an isolated and insular village in the Norfolk marshlands, it isn't just the fact that she had been a friend that disturbs Dr David Hunter - Hunter's past is a secret he hopes will remain buried.
Author biog: After an MA in English, Simon Beckett spent several years as a property repairer before a stint teaching in Spain. Back in the UK, he played percussion in several bands. He has been a freelance journalist since 1992, writing for The Times, The Independent on Sunday Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and other major British publications. Some of his more memorable assignments have included going on police drugs raids, touring brothels with a vice unit, trying to learn how to win a gun fight in Nevada and visiting The Body Farm in Tennessee. Simon Beckett is married and lives in Sheffield.
Thomas H. Cook - RED LEAVES - Quercus
Frances Fyfield - SAFER THAN HOUSES - Little, Brown
Bill James - WOLVES OF MEMORY - Constable
Laura Wilson - A THOUSAND LIES - Orion
ITW Inaugrual Thriller Awards presented at THRILLERFEST PHOENIX on Saturday 1st July 2006
The Patriots Club, by Christopher Reich (Delacorte Press)
2006 Arthur Ellis Awards
The Crime Writers of
Canada announced the 2006 Arthur Ellis Award Winners on June
8th in Toronto as follows:
BEST NOVEL: APRIL FOOL, by William Deverell (McClelland &
BEST FIRST NOVEL: STILL LIFE, by Louise Penny (McArthur &
BEST SHORT STORY: "Lightning rider," by Rick Mofina (in
MURDER IN VEGAS, edited by Michael Connelly; Forge Books)
BEST NON-FICTION: UNDER THE BRIDGE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE MURDER OF
REENA VIRK, by Rebecca Godfrey (HarperCollins Canada)
BEST JUVENILE: QUID PRO QUO, by Vicki Grant (Orca Book
BEST CRIME WRITING IN FRENCH: MOTEL RIVIERA, by Gerald Galarneau
(Les Editions JCL)
DERRICK MURDOCH AWARD: Mary Jane Maffini
2006 Edgar Award Winners
2006 Agatha Award Winners
Malice Domestic announced the 2006 Agatha Award winners on April 22 as follows:
Gumshoe Awards 2006
The 5th Annual Gumshoe Awards are given by Mystery Ink to recognize the best achievements in crime fiction. This year's nominees were chosen from books first published in the United States in 2005.
The winners will be announced on May 9, 2006.
As Dog Is My Witness by Jeffrey Cohen (Bancroft Press)
Crime Writer's Association Dagger Awards 2005
CWA, Ellis Peters Historical Crime Dagger 2005
Bouchercon Awards 2005
Edgar Awards 2005
Gumshoe Awards 2005
The Gumshoe Awards are given by Mystery Ink each year to recognize the Best achievements in the world of crime fiction. The shortlisted books were chosen from those published for the first time in the United States in 2004. The winners were announced on March 9th, 2005.
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